Listen to two days of free Todstock sounds

TWO days of free sounds are ready to roll around Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park this weekend, when Todstock 2011 gets under way.

With 12 stages covering all types of music from around noon on Saturday, August 6, and a whole host of activities for the whole family, it will prove to be one of the biggest weekends in the region, says organiser Craig Baillie.

“There will be things for the whole family to do, with music workshops, giant inflatables and a full funfair (there is a special Friday night offer - all rides £1). There’ll be craft and market stalls, food and lots more,” said Craig.

“The event is free but all profits go to charity (Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Overgate Hospice and Unicef Famine Relief) so please give generously, spare any change and buy a programme on the day for £2 which will have all the stages details and £3 of funfair vouchers.”

Craig said no camping is allowed on site, no alcohol will be served on site and no glass bottles are allowed.

“Thanks again to all the local residents, businesses and volunteers who make this event happen.

“It creates a large free cultural event for local artists and the townspeople, stimulates local businesses, brings visitors in and created a wonderful sense of community last year.

“We apologise to residents near the park for any noise that may result over the weekend and we hope that you can come and enjoy the festivities – whether it’s the acoustic tent or the main stage, we’re sure you’ll find something you like.”

The show runs from around noon on Saturday, when Tod pop punk band Insult To Injury start the show, until about 9pm, and from noon to 6pm on Sunday.

Craig’s own picks for the weekend include, on Saturday, the ukele-based Anything Goes Orchestra in the Herbidiceous Big Top at 1pm, urban folk from Northern Monkey on the Jack’s House Bandstage at 2pm and, on the OGG Live Stage, Hebden’s Owter Zeds at 3pm.

A 7.30pm appointment with Hacienda DJ Graeme Park in the Terrazza Tent and a listen to Tom Hingley & The Lovers on the Jack’s House Bandstage at 8pm are also among his top tips for Saturday. As well as Inspiral Carpets front man Hingley, former long-serving members of the Fall complete a cracking band.

On Sunday at noon DJ Sensus Soul will be spinning deep house, disco funk and hip-hop into a cool afternoon groove, says Craig, while female writer and rising rhyming star A ME B guests in the Bad Influence tent at 1.15pm. Breaks and beats feature in Key Lo vs Sicknote’s 2pm slot are also worth catching.

At 4pm on the Jack’s House Bandstage, the Urchins will bring some buzzing indie rock, while as Sunday closes out, Craig hopes to sample some stomping ska from the Uplifters in the Berbidaceous big top from 5pm.

The message is “it’s all free, why not try it?”